Earlier this week, Shaun Hill and Owen Miller were kind enough to show me around the Hill Farmstead Brewery in Greensboro Bend, Vermont. It was a fun (albeit brief) visit to a very cool, very unique craft brewery.
Last December, I posted my Beer World Bucket List for 2010. Basically, it was a look at beer-related things to try, beers to taste, and beery pilgrimages to make. A year after the fact, it’s time to check back in and see how I did. If you can grant me a little bit of navel-gazing, [...]
We’re post-Thanksgiving and pre-Christmas, which means it’s the time of year for “Best of 2010″ lists. At my day job as a bookseller, I’ve been flooded with lists of the best fiction, best non-fiction, prize-winners and other lists of books that you’ve just got to own. At my local video and record stores, they’re getting [...]
Spruce has a long and colorful history in beer, and there’s more than a handful of ways – commercial and otherwise – to get your hands on authentic spruce beers.
Baxter Brewing, located in the historic Bates Mill in Lewiston, is very much under construction. Still, a visit to the brewery on Monday left me confident that the place will be up and running in no time at all.
Building Your Beer Bookshelf I. Memoirs and Travelogues II. Beer Guides III. Homebrewing Guides IV. Odds and Ends — When I started writing for the Ratebeer Hop Press last year, I kicked off my column with a four-part series on some of the best beer books available. Since the publishing business stops for no one, [...]
Despite my ostensive role as a beer and books blogger, it’s been a while since I posted any sort of beer book review here on the Hop Press. Well, that changes now! Storey has recently published a new edition of CloneBrews, an update to a homebrewing handbook that’s been around for over a decade. How [...]
Tuesday morning, USA Today broke the news that Starbucks – your non-local local coffee joint – is experimenting with serving wine and beer at stores.
Ever wanted to own your own brewpub? If you throw some money towards the Black Star Co-op, your dreams can come true. Located in the heart of Texas, the Austin-based Black Star purports to be the first enterprise of it’s kind – a brewpub that is owned and directed by it’s members. Now, I want [...]
A few months ago I introduced you to Rising Tide, one of the newest additions to Maine’s craft brewing landscape. Of the three breweries I mentioned in that initial column, Rising Tide has made the most progress – the first batch of their flagship beer, Ishmael, is on select shelves in southern Maine. The man [...]